The median contractor rate for a Tester was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies in Kent during the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Tester
South East / Kent
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 34 34 40
Rank change year-on-year 0 +6  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 7 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 2.79% 2.17% 2.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.00% 2.19% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 4
Median daily rate £388 £230 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +68.47% +15.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £330 £303
% change year-on-year +1.51% +9.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £27.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year -50.76% -25.67%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Kent. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Kent
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 233 319 257
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 92.83% 98.76% 93.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 216 139
Median daily rate £365 £425 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.11% +25.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £700 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 10 11
Median hourly rate £22.52 £16.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.48% +26.92%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.00 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £62.00 £55.00 £24.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent that featured Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Tester in Kent.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Kent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Kent over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester in Kent.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Kent

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Kent region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Maidstone - 1 - -
Tester
South East

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Kent region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 13 (92.86%) .NET
1 13 (92.86%) Test Automation
2 12 (85.71%) Functional Testing
3 10 (71.43%) API Testing
4 9 (64.29%) Test Strategy
4 9 (64.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (64.29%) Algorithms
4 9 (64.29%) Data Migration
4 9 (64.29%) Test Scripting
4 9 (64.29%) Data Management
4 9 (64.29%) Requirements Analysis
4 9 (64.29%) SQL Server
4 9 (64.29%) Web Services
4 9 (64.29%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (64.29%) Microsoft
4 9 (64.29%) Management Information System
4 9 (64.29%) Migration
5 8 (57.14%) Data Quality
6 5 (35.71%) C#
6 5 (35.71%) Selenium
7 4 (28.57%) Regression Testing
7 4 (28.57%) JSON
7 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (28.57%) TDD
7 4 (28.57%) XML
7 4 (28.57%) OO
7 4 (28.57%) Advertising
7 4 (28.57%) Cucumber
7 4 (28.57%) .NET Core
8 3 (21.43%) BDD

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (21.43%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (64.29%) Data Warehouse
1 9 (64.29%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (64.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (35.71%) Selenium
3 4 (28.57%) Cucumber
4 3 (21.43%) Git (software)
5 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (28.57%) Advertising
2 1 (7.14%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (92.86%) .NET
2 9 (64.29%) Web Services
3 4 (28.57%) .NET Core
3 4 (28.57%) JSON
3 4 (28.57%) XML
4 3 (21.43%) CSS
4 3 (21.43%) HTML
4 3 (21.43%) RESTful
5 1 (7.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 9 (64.29%) Algorithms
1 9 (64.29%) Management Information System
2 3 (21.43%) Mobile App
3 1 (7.14%) Fintech
3 1 (7.14%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 3 (21.43%) Android
1 3 (21.43%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (92.86%) Test Automation
2 12 (85.71%) Functional Testing
3 10 (71.43%) API Testing
4 9 (64.29%) Data Management
4 9 (64.29%) Data Migration
4 9 (64.29%) Migration
4 9 (64.29%) Requirements Analysis
4 9 (64.29%) Test Scripting
4 9 (64.29%) Test Strategy
5 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (28.57%) OO
5 4 (28.57%) Regression Testing
5 4 (28.57%) TDD
6 3 (21.43%) BDD
7 2 (14.29%) SDET
8 1 (7.14%) Business Analysis
8 1 (7.14%) Manual Testing
8 1 (7.14%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (35.71%) C#
2 1 (7.14%) Java
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (57.14%) Data Quality
2 2 (14.29%) QA
Vendors
1 9 (64.29%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) Xamarin